Halla Walla: The Arab Emojis You’ve Always Wanted Are Here
by Maha Khalil
Let’s face it, even the most straight-faced of our friends and acquaintances now use emojis on a daily basis when texting. But have you ever found yourself fruitlessly swiping through your emoticon keyboard trying to express something very…Arab? You’re not alone. Many of us feel a bit excluded, even if also tickled, by all the fedoras, top hats, carved pumpkins, and Queen’s Guards emoticons! Where are the galabeyas (traditional Arab clothing for men) and the shishas (hookahs)…? This is where HALLA WALLA comes to the rescue!
HALLA WALLA (which means “hey, what’s up” in Arabian Gulf slang) is now making it possible for Arab IOS and Android users to express some strictly Arab emotions by using GIFs and stickers we’ve never had access to before. The founders of HALLA WALLA are taking the opportunity to promote Arab and Middle Eastern culture and fill the gap that exists in social messaging platforms. Through creative and hilarious artwork, they are making everything from Arabic signature phrases, to fashion statements, to typical inside jokes and face-palmers, available in our smartphones, regardless of which language we’re using to text.
Check out more of these amazing emojis below:
WE SAID THIS: So, habibis, the next time you’re looking to text a friend about a gigantic family feast, suggest a late-night shawarma run, or invite a bunch of friends to watch a football game at the “ahwa,” you might just have the perfect GIF or sticker for that right at your fingertips, thanks to HALLA WALLA! Find out how to download it here.
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